INSAT 3D: First data and images available

INSAT 3D image of precipitation in India
Precipitation image based on information from INSAT 3D for South Asia
Credits: India Meteorological Department

The India meteorological spacecraft INSAT 3D - launched on 26 July 2013 - was declared operational on 15 January 2014.

The satellite carries a multi-spectral Imager, 19 channel sounder, data Relay Transponder and Search and Rescue Transponder. The instruments are mainly used for meteorological purposes as well as for search and rescue. 

Now, the Indian Meteorological Department made available first sets of data and derived products and maps from the satellite on its website. The data include temperature profiles, sea surface temperature maps, humidity profiles and rainfall maps.